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1 November 2017 Patterns of movement of released female brown bears in the Cantabrian Mountains, northwestern Spain
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Between 2008 and 2013, 3 female brown bears (Ursus arctos; 2 cubs-of-the-year and 1 2-yr-old) were rescued, rehabilitated in captivity, radiotagged, and released back to the Cantabrian Mountains, northwestern Spain. We characterized their daily and seasonal movements post-release to gain insights into their movement strategies and the viability of bears released in human-dominated environments. The bears exhibited marked diurnal activity and were active throughout winter. Two bears demonstrated behaviors similar to those reported for wild bears, whereas one cub-of-the-year was recaptured after 21 days because she developed signs of habituation to humans.

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Vincenzo Penteriani, María del Mar Delgado, José Vicente López-Bao, Pablo Vázquez García, Juan S. Monrós, Efrén Vigón Álvarez, Teresa Sánchez Corominas, and Víctor M. Vázquez "Patterns of movement of released female brown bears in the Cantabrian Mountains, northwestern Spain," Ursus 28(2), 165-170, (1 November 2017). https://doi.org/10.2192/URSU-D-16-00012.1
Received: 17 May 2016; Accepted: 1 September 2017; Published: 1 November 2017
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